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Five Must-Do Adventures in the Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica!

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This summer I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, which is the upper northwestern section.  Flying into Liberia is a breeze with an easy pick up of a rental car from Dollar Rent-A-Car.  Mind you, we have tried other rental businesses but Dollar has always given us the fairest price without surprising us in the end with a whammy of a bill...what we were quoted is what we paid in the end.  My thirst for wildlife encounters was quenched almost immediately...I mean, hello toad!  Ummm...can we drive away now?  These common toads, can get pretty large...nothing like I've seen lately in Chicago.

ONE Our first adventure on our very first day was to head to the Bijagua Ranas natural observatory.  It's apparently a family-run operation, is somewhat small, but affordable and definitely worth the drive for all of the creatures that you see living on this area of land naturally.  

This place is like a family-run business so it wasn't surprising tha…

Australian Animals!

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As you may or may not know, this summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the land down under through my Master’s grad coursework through the Project Dragonfly program!To be honest, I could not believe I was actually going to follow through on this trip while I was thinking of the high cost, the long flight, oh my!This trip had been a lifelong dream of mine, ever since I had read about Meggie and Ralph and seen the TV mini-series The Thorn Birds.It was from that moment forward that I had been crazy about this unique continent, both with its genuine, fun people and it’s unique environments and wildlife.
I’m a lover of animals.I’ve been drawing them extensively all my life and quite honestly, I’ve felt more close to animals than most other people.I have this sense that I can understand their thinking and what they’re feeling, kind of like we are a part of one another.I will blame all of this on the fact that I’m an only child and many types of animals kept me company,…

Organic Cotton...the Fabric of Our Sustainable Lives!

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 Well, I hope this gives you some insight into how some of our clothing is made and what the effect is of this product on our lives but also on the life of the planet...I know!  These items just show up in our stores and look cute or comfortable!!  But just like the food we eat, the clothing we wear also goes through a process that can be much healthier for us!
Organic Cotton…the Fabric of our Sustainable Lives
When was the last time you took a look at the tag on your shirt that you’re wearing? Is it made of cotton? Most of us barely pay attention to what fabric our clothes are made of unless we’re worried about it shrinking in the dryer.But in actuality, there is a whole long story behind where your shirt came from.From the time the cotton seeds are planted, to the harvesting of the cotton heads which are then sold overseas to manufacturers who wind it into thread.This thread is then sent to clothing manufacturing plants in places like India where women sit for hours sewing clothes tog…

Cheetah, Cheetaahhhhh!

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Hi Guys!  I'm finally finding a free moment to post some of my research from my Spring semester of my Master's AIP program work!  I did a study on cheetah conservation, albeit, not in person!  I did a ton of technical research though in efforts to find the key to maintaining cheetah populations both in the zoo and in the wild.  It is a very complex subject!  Read it if you like and you will learn something about one of our most revered felines!  All material is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced or used without my express permission.



Cheetah Major Histocompatibility Complex: The Key to their Future?


N. Lichtenbert MT SV (ASCP) CPT (NASM) Environmentally Fashionable/Globally Healthy














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Cheetahs have existed for millions of years, yet today find themselves on the brink of extinction in the wild.Large ranges, solitude, lack of protection from predators, low birth rate, high infant mortality and low genetic variability h…